Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Relationship Violence Policy
Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at Haverford College. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault (non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and forced sexual intercourse), sexual exploitation, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and retaliation. Such behaviors are anathema to Haverford’s foundational principles that underscore human dignity, promote equality, and repudiate violence in any form.
The goals of this policy are to create a community free from sexual misconduct of all kinds, to provide avenues for those affected by sexual misconduct to obtain assistance and provide a prompt and equitable complaint and investigation procedure.
The College is committed to helping students affected by sexual misconduct deal with its impact, and has many resources available to do so. It is also committed to providing educational, preventative and training programs regarding sexual misconduct. Students subjected to sexual misconduct are encouraged to explore all options available to them—including internal College judicial processes, or external civil litigation or criminal charges. These options are not mutually exclusive.
Students who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct may choose to contact directly medical, psychological or judicial personnel on or off campus indicated on the How to Get Help page, but if the individual is in physical danger, or has physical injuries which require immediate attention, she/he should call Campus Safety or 911, and a Campus Safety/police officer will respond right away.
Haverford will investigate all complaints of sexual misconduct in a full, reliable and impartial manner. The College will take all steps necessary to stop the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and offer appropriate remedies to address its effects on those involved.
Haverford respects the privacy of students who seek help and/or report incidents of sexual misconduct, but cannot guarantee confidentiality in all cases. Follow this link to learn more. (Only certain professionals with statutory confidentiality [e.g., licensed mental health professionals and ordained clergy] can guarantee confidentiality.) Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) obligate the College to stop sexual misconduct, remedy its effects and take steps to prevent its recurrence. As a result, while protecting confidentiality to the greatest extent possible, the College may need to investigate an incident and take action once an allegation is known, whether or not the student wishes to pursue a complaint.
Learn more about confidentiality of reporting as it relates to sexual misconduct and how to request confidentiality if you make a report to someone who is obligated to inform the Dean of the College, Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator about an incident.
Alcohol and Drug Use Amnesty
The health and safety of every student at the College is of utmost importance. The College recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time sexual misconduct occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Haverford strongly encourages students to report incidents of sexual misconduct. A witness to or individual who experience sexual misconduct, acting in good faith, who discloses any incident of sexual misconduct to College officials or law enforcement will not be sanctioned under the College’s code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the incident(s) of sexual harassment or sexual violence. The College may request the individual attend an approved alcohol or drug education program and without assessing any charges for such program. This amnesty provision also applies to student groups making a report of sexual misconduct. Amnesty does not preclude or prevent action by police or other legal authorities pursuant to relevant state or federal criminal statutes.
Retaliation against an individual for making or moving forward with an allegation of sexual misconduct, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, for cooperating in an investigation of such a complaint, or advocating for a campus free of gender and sex discrimination is prohibited and a violation of this policy. Retaliation and intimidation can take many forms, including but not limited to continued abuse or violence, threats and intimidation. Any individual or group of individuals, not just a complainant or respondent, can engage in retaliation. Anyone who believes that they have been retaliated against for making a complaint/report or for cooperating in an investigation or hearing should immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Interim and Remedial Measures
Upon receipt of a report of sexual misconduct, Haverford will provide reasonable and appropriate interim measures to designed to preserve the affected student’s educational experience, the safety of all parties involved and the College community as a whole, maintain the integrity of the investigative and/or resolution process and deter retaliation. The College may provide interim measures regardless of whether the student seeks to engage in the College’s internal judicial processes.
Such remedies may include, but are not limited to, "no contact" orders, and changes in housing assignment and/or academic schedule. Other options may be considered as appropriate and feasible. Any remedies approved will be reviewed and modified as conditions warrant.
Violations of this policy may result in the imposition of a full range of sanctions up to and including separation. Review Possible Sanctions.
This policy applies to student sexual misconduct when it occurs:
- On the Haverford campus; or,
- Off campus, if:
- The conduct was in connection with a College-sponsored program or activity; or,
- The conduct may have the effect of creating a hostile environment for a member of the Haverford community
While this policy applies to student conduct, the College does not tolerate sexual misconduct by any member of the Haverford College community or third parties, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges and Bryn Mawr Colleges are part of the Tri-College Consortium. Haverford students may also cross-register with the University of Pennsylvania. Haverford students, when studying or visiting on the campus of Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore or the University of Pennsylvania or when attending a College-related event for one of these four institutions, are subject to this policy as well as the policies of the visited institution. Visiting students from Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and University of Pennsylvania are also subject to this policy.
Student complaints of sexual misconduct against Haverford faculty, administrators, staff and third parties fall with the purview of the College's employee procedures, so reports of possible violations should be made to the Director of Human Resources or one of the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Officers. The College will take all such complaints seriously and will conduct a timely and thorough investigation and take appropriate action to resolve the matter, prevent recurrence of the behavior in question and correct its effects, as necessary and appropriate. Given the nature of the allegation, the Title IX Coordinator will also be consulted throughout the process. See a fuller description in the Students' Guide.
Faculty, administrator, staff or third party complaints of sexual misconduct against students will normally be addressed by a Dean's Panel. In cases where harassment by students of non-students is alleged, an EEO Officer will be consulted as part of the process.